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Bill Zwecker

Bill Zwecker
Bill Zwecker's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Chicago Sun-Times

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1.5/4 3% Shut In (2016) This is a disappointing waste of good acting talent, coupled with a very pedantic and not very intriguing story from first-time screenwriter Christina Hodson. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Nov 8, 2016
3/4 19% Inferno (2016) "Inferno" is a grabber, and Hanks knows Langdon so well, he wears that character like a somewhat worn yet still well-constructed suit of clothes. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Oct 27, 2016
3/4 71% White Girl (2016) Frequently difficult to watch, White Girl is the powerful feature debut of a filmmaker with original vision and clear talent -- and a movie that proves a lead actress can possess the gift of transformative performance skills. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Sep 30, 2016
3/4 36% Blair Witch (2016) All in all, Blair Witch was quite satisfying and made me think: This is what the first sequel to the original film should have accomplished. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Sep 15, 2016
3/4 65% A Tale of Love and Darkness (2016) While A Tale of Love and Darkness is often difficult to watch -- because of all the sadness it presents -- it is also a beautiful film in that it makes us think about existing in a world where we do not completely fit in. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Aug 25, 2016
3/4 97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) I cannot stress enough how truly stunning the brilliant visuals are in this movie. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Aug 18, 2016
3.5/4 87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) The great gift of this film, of course, is that Streep again completely embodies the character she is playing...but imbues Florence with such empathy, charm, dedication and warmth that we're cheering for her throughout this entire movie. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Aug 11, 2016
4/4 82% Indignation (2016) This is one helluva compelling film that presents us with several of the very best performances of the year. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Aug 4, 2016
3/4 60% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) It's the relentless mugging, outrageous schtick and otherwise hilarious antics of this dynamic duo that make this movie a very fun romp. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 21, 2016
3.5/4 70% Café Society (2016) It's a beautiful thing to behold. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 21, 2016
3.5/4 93% Life, Animated (2016) This is an intelligent and understated film that nicely presents one very particular life experience that will, in its own way, inspire the viewer. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 14, 2016
3/4 35% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) This is not great moviemaking by any stretch of the imagination, but the spot-on comic timing of [Kendrick and Plaza] captured my funny bone and kept it happily working overtime from start to finish. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 7, 2016
1.5/4 28% Warcraft (2016) While there are some acceptable action sequences, it's the screenplay -- complicated by some less than inspired performances -- that dooms Warcraft at every point along the way. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 9, 2016
2.5/4 38% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) Take one part 3-D visual bombast, add a healthy dose of non-stop action and sprinkle in one helluva silly storyline -- plus those fast-talking, even faster-moving hard-shell siblings -- and you have the essence of [TMNT: Out of the Shadows]. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 2, 2016
2/4 17% Ratchet & Clank (2016) The repetition didn't bother me. I just was hoping we'd get some new twists and more original storytelling this time around. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 29, 2016
2/4 17% The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) [A] less-than-satisfying if occasionally entertaining fantasy romp that does feature some of the more talented actors on the planet. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 21, 2016
2.5/4 9% God's Not Dead 2 (2016) The agenda here is front and center from start to finish, and while the actors do a yeoman's job in presenting their characters with aplomb, the entire film simply comes off as a two-hour, jazzed-up movie version of a sermon. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 31, 2016
2/4 12% The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) The special effects are among the more positive aspects of Allegiant, but those alone cannot rescue this highly flawed sequel. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 17, 2016
2.5/4 43% Miracles from Heaven (2016) I constantly had the sense I was witnessing a formulaic Hallmark Channel-type approach that really did not elevate this genre in any new ways. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 16, 2016
4/4 90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) Unpredictability in cinema is frequently a missing element -- especially when we're talking about movies that fall into the horror or science-fiction genres. With 10 Cloverfield Lane, there is no such problem. Trust me. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 10, 2016
3.5/4 91% The Witch (2016) From the very opening scene in The Witch, we are immediately thrown into an ominous journey that conveys pending doom. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Feb 18, 2016
3.5/4 87% Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) I think the secret to the appeal of the entire Kung Fu Panda franchise is the enormous affection we feel for Po, that seemingly bumbling good guy who also can rise to the occasion and showcase true heroism and mystical power. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Feb 1, 2016
3/4 10% The Forest (2016) "The Forest" delivers as a healthy dose of psychological cinematic terror and an impressive first feature directing effort. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jan 14, 2016
2.5/4 33% My All American (2015) Don't get me wrong; this film accurately shares a wonderful guy's all-too-short life with us. I only wish it had been delivered in a more well-rounded way. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Nov 13, 2015
3/4 76% Goosebumps (2015) Black gets to show us his ability to play nasty, distant and angry -- all in a way we really have never seen from him before. The bottom line is: It works perfectly. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Oct 14, 2015
3/4 27% Pan (2015) This is a good film that will be enjoyed both by pre-teen children and the parents who likely will join them at the multiplexes around the country. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Oct 8, 2015
2.5/4 10% Stonewall (2015) This is an OK movie about a serious subject and an important milestone in the road to gay freedom and equality. It's just a shame it didn't accomplish the kind of cinematic punch as did the Oscar-winning Milk. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Sep 24, 2015
3/4 45% A Little Chaos (2015) True French historians should simply relax and enjoy a film that takes us on a beautifully photographed cinematic romp into a past as it likely SHOULD have been. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Aug 14, 2015
2.5/4 22% Little Boy (2015) I just wish the filmmakers didn't feel like they had to hit us over the head with all the moral pontificating to get their point across. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 23, 2015
3.5/4 28% Insurgent (2015) While I enjoyed the first Divergent movie, I did find Insurgent to be a better cinematic romp. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 18, 2015
2.5/4 32% Chappie (2015) This is a well-meaning film with a good idea that unfortunately stumbles on its way to its less-than-satisfying end. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 6, 2015
74% Match (2015) This small film (virtually all of it filmed in Tobi's New York apartment) is a real gem. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jan 23, 2015
3.5/4 92% Pride (2014) This film moves effortlessly from some pretty intense dramatic moments to hilarious scenes showcasing the contrasting lifestyles of the gay and straight worlds to some vignettes of incredible poignancy. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jan 5, 2015
4/4 90% The Imitation Game (2014) This film's overall success hangs on Cumberbatch and what is, to date, his finest performance on the big screen. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Dec 24, 2014
4/4 98% Mr. Turner (2014) I can't say enough about the power of Spall's performance. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Dec 24, 2014
3/4 72% Penguins Of Madagascar (2014) Once again the Madagascar team have come up with a winner -- a nice way to kick off the Thanksgiving and holiday filmgoing experience for the whole family. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Nov 25, 2014
1/4 0% Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas (2014) This may be one of the least artful holiday films ever made. Even devout born-again Christians will find this hard to stomach. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Nov 13, 2014
2.5/4 8% The Best Of Me (2014) We've seen this story told in similar fashion so many times in the past. I only wish we could have had it delivered in a fresher, less cliché-filled package. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Oct 16, 2014
1.5/4 25% The Hero of Color City (2014) This is a pretty lame computer-generated animated movie that will likely not engage kids much past the first grade. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Oct 2, 2014
3.5/4 36% Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014) This film is a winner. It will not only entertain you, but also make you think about what it takes to bring happiness into your own life. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Sep 26, 2014
3.5/4 65% The Maze Runner (2014) A well-acted and intelligent thriller/futuristic sci-fi romp. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Sep 18, 2014
3/4 71% What If (2014) In many ways, What If takes us down a road that When Harry Met Sally first traveled a quarter-century ago. Yet I didn't really mind revisiting the old friend vs. lover discussion, especially one with a contemporary slant and solid dialogue. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Aug 8, 2014
3/4 68% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) Mirren's Madame Mallory unctuously oozes her dedication to perfection from every pore -- and it's truly delicious to watch her work her magic up on the screen. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Aug 8, 2014
2/4 62% L'écume des jours (Mood Indigo) (2014) The visual pop simply becomes annoying as it truly gets in the way of the storytelling. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3.5/4 53% I Origins (2014) This is a beautifully crafted story that takes us on quite the journey of exploration and discovery. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3/4 44% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) Planes: Fire & Rescue is a good improvement over Planes, which Disney released last year. The story is stronger, there are some wonderful additions to the voice talent and the 3D cinematography is well-utilized. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 17, 2014
2.5/4 24% Third Person (2014) Though Haggis has crafted an ambitious tale, it is way too complicated and convoluted. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 27, 2014
4/4 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) Not only does this second movie match the charm, wit, animation skill and intelligent storytelling of the original, I think it even exceeds it. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 13, 2014
3/4 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) Though I enjoyed enormously this latest offering in the rebooted Jump franchise, it's the effortless, unexpected bromance/partnership between the two unlikely undercover cops is what makes this franchise work. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 13, 2014
2.5/4 18% Moms' Night Out (2014) Some of these plot twists require more than the normal suspension of logic that often happens in similar comedies. Yet the characters are all appealing. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted May 8, 2014